December 6 Flu UpdateThe Mali conference is open, with complacency about the flu as big an enemy as the flu.
"Technical experts are sometimes accused of having overestimated the risks from this disease, or of exaggerating its potential threat," said Modibo Traore, head of the African Union's InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources. "The rampant demotivation that has resulted seems to have affected the main players in the struggle on all continents, and notably the donor community," Traore told the opening session.
Along the same theme, Dr. Webster refers to the flu as "smoldering."
WHO officials discusses the debate on pre-pandemic vaccines--even if not perfect you might get some protection, or you might immunize for something that never happens.
The NRC starts to answer the question..."how do you run a nuclear power plant with 40% absenteeism.
People in Beaver County, PA, are told that the bird flu would swamp available healthcare resources.
In North Carolina, they are preparing with mobile hospital tents.
This article says the US fights bird flu in Asia (including with $$) so we don't have to fight it here (with more $$ and misery).
USAID is holding a seminar on how to correctly and safely use PPE when working with potentially inflected flu birds.
Effect Measure on the state of play in Nigeria--officially there is no bird flu, but no one really knows.
The Buckeye Ag Radio Network has nominated Avian Influenza as story of the year in ag. (I'd like to hear the acceptance speech).